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Metro East Start-Up Challenge
Metro East Start-Up Challenge

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We are grateful to be able to organize an event like this with the financial backing of our regional sponsors.  We appreciate the tangible support for our entrepreneurs in Southwestern Illinois who earn a spot in the finalists.

We are always looking for additional sponsors who would like to maintain and contribute to our challenge. Our goal is to continue our efforts and foster a real-world environment in which bright, creative business minds can flourish through an opportunity like the Metro East Startup Challenge.  

We would greatly appreciate your commitment to helping us reach the $20,000 in prize money allocated to the top 3 winners. Your generous commitment will go a long way toward making this event a true success and will serve as excellent branding for your company in association with this prominent regional event.

Sponsorship Levels

Entrepreneurship Level ($1000)

  • Recognition on Event Flyer, Applicant Submission Microsite, SBDC Website, and Press Release

 Angel Investor Level ($2,500)

  • Recognition on Event Flyer, Applicant Submission Microsite, and SBDC Website
  • Recognition on Large Souvenir Check
  • Invitation to Mentor-Semifinalists Networking Event (2)

 Venture Capitalist Level ($5,000)

  • Recognition on Flyer, SBDC Website and Applicant Submission Microsite  
  • Recognition on Large Souvenir Check
  • Invitation to Mentor-Semifinalists Networking Event (4 people)
  • Invitation (2 max) to Winners Announcement Event (with optional speaking privilege)

Semifinalist Networking Event Sponsorship

Mentor-Semifinalist Networking Event Host ($2,500-$3,500)

  • Provides for Room Rental and Food for approximately 75 people
  • Includes 2 additional Invitations to the Networking Event
  • Speaking privilege at the Networking Event

If you are interested in learning more about how you can sponsor this or any other event, and/or want additional information, please reach out to SBDC Director, Jo Ann May at 618-650-2929. 

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For More Information
Contact the Illinois Small Business
Development Center (SBDC)
618-650-2929
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